In normal times, glitzy and glamorous Les Bains would likely be booked up pretty much every night. Not so in 2020: in fact, this five-star hotel in central Paris has lain completely empty for the past six months.
Last week, it took its first tentative steps towards reopening, with bar-restaurant Roxo now serving food again. But while the hotel itself and the underground nightclub remain closed, the Les Bains team has come up with an ingenious way to make use of all that empty space: it’s offering some one-of-a-kind dining experiences in various parts of the building you may never normally visit, let alone eat in.
Book in through the hotel’s website and you could be enjoying dinner in the penthouse suite, on the club’s dancefloor and, best of all, inside the famous basement swimming pool.
Oh, and if you go for the pool, you needn’t worry about packing a swimsuit: it has been drained for the occasion. For once, and once only, Les Bains isn’t making a splash.Photograph: Les Bains Paris / Time Out